Share The Love – March

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Hebrews 6:18-19

Good morning, dear reader! We have been talking about hope this month. I pray the posts and posters have encouraged you to move ahead in your walk. Remember, we are never without hope. Jesus is our Hope.

Last week, I began a new series called Women of Faith and Fiction. Lynnette did a wonderful job sharing her heart. Your comments and responses on social media blessed me. Thank you for your participation.

To choose the winner of our giveaway, I assigned numbers in the order of comments, and then Random.org chose the lucky number. Drum roll, please…

And the winner of Not A Sparrow Falls is…Tori Kayson! ❤

Be sure to check out this month’s Share the Love. Alert: If you are on a diet or planning to go on a diet forget the Dulce Leche link! Just the pictures will make you gain weight. 🙂 Oh, my!

Reading

Grace Awards – And…the Grace Awards 2016 Finalists are…
Reading Is My Superpower – For Love and Honor – Jody Hedlund
Faithfully Bookish – Sandra Byrd Interview

Writing

Novel Rocket – First Feedback – Allen Arnold
Suite T – You Might Be A Writer If – Patricia Bradley
Seriously Write – Do You Want Sales…or Readers? – Marie Wells Coutu

Inspirational

The Seekers – The Payoff of Perseverance – Jill Weatherholt
Jerusha Agen – Fear Colored Glasses – Jerusha Agen
Novel Rocket – A Pruning Process – Marcia Lee Laycock

Foodie

Shugary Sweets – Copycat Panera Broccoli Soup
Laura Frantz – My Kentucky Kitchen – Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
My Colombian Recipes – Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry

Music

Danny Gokey – Hope In Front Of Me

Abounding Hope

Have you ever made a mistake? I daresay, we all have. If there is breath, there is a possibility of error. How do you handle your mistakes? Correct them and move on? Or run and hide while beating up yourself? In the past, I did the latter. Thankfully, I’m learning this journey is a growing process.

Last week, I made a mistake for all cyber world to see. It may have escaped some, but I’m sure it was noticed by others. This mistake? I misquoted a scripture. Yep. I had everything correct but one thing. Where it was located. I quoted Hebrews instead of Romans. Sigh.

Maybe it was because I was thinking of my devotion. Maybe I had too many things open on my desk. Or maybe I just needed to know the world wasn’t going to end if I made a mistake.

Ever been there?

Of course, I know others have done the same thing because I’ve seen it several times. But rather than smirk at their oversight or correct them in the comments, I extended grace. Maybe they were having a bad day. Maybe I needed to pray for them. Or maybe they weren’t paying attention. Who knows?

Oh, why is it so much easier to offer grace to another, and yet fail to dispense it in our own situations? Honestly, I can’t answer that one, my friend. But we do it all the time. At least, I did in times past. But not this time. Well, maybe for a moment. 🙂  But before I could get the party started, I was gently reminded of Peter.

Precious, loveable, and impatient Peter. Peter who spoke when he should have been listening. Doubting Peter who tried to walk on water and failed. Impulsive Peter who whacked off a man’s ear. Cursing Peter, who denied the very One he had promised to protect. Hopeless Peter who thought all was lost and went fishing.

But then…

Jesus came by for a visit. There on the shore, Jesus sat and spoke with Peter about love. Afterward, we see Preaching Peter on the day of Pentecost. Believing Peter healing the sick. Teaching Peter in Cornelius’ house. Writing Peter penning God’s truths. Historical Peter crucified on a cross.

What if Peter had given up? What if he had stepped into the boat and sailed away never to try again? What if he hadn’t accepted the Lord’s grace and forgiveness? Thankfully, Jesus didn’t give up on Peter. And He doesn’t give up on us!

Whatever you do don’t give up! Don’t let fear stop you from trying. Keep fighting. If you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up. Correct it and move on! Hope waits in front of us. All we have to do is reach out to Him and accept His grace. And then…extend it to ourselves and to others.

Here is the corrected poster. May it warm you to your toes! I know I need it this week! Brrr.

Happy Tuesday, dearest reader! ❤

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Patience, Comfort, and Hope

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Perhaps you are in a season where you find it hard holding on to hope. That’s okay. You’re not alone. Many people struggle in hopeless situations.

In Romans 15, Paul encourages his listeners to search the scriptures because they were written for our learning. Nestled between the lines of instructions, we find comfort to endure.

Never give up! Cling to the promises of God. Have patience and take comfort. There is hope. His name is Jesus!

What situation are you finding it hard to hope?

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Without a kinsman redeemer. Lost. Without hope. No way out. Until the cry of a newborn proclaimed Deliverance. Salvation has come! The cries for redemption became shouts of exaltation.

The angels proclaimed the wonderous news. The shepherds came to see. Kings laid gifts at His feet. Simeon gave thanks. And Anna declared Him to all who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. The Consolation of Israel… the world.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a prayer for redemption. Yet the chorus is a declaration of God’s faithfulness. He will not leave us in our troubles but in His time, He shall bring us out. Tis the reason to rejoice!

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:4-7

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14

History:
Translator John Mason Neale (1851)
Tune VENI EMMANUEL (Chant)

Favorite line:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

A World of Difference

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13

This past weekend, we decided to visit one of our favorite restaurants. Hubby ordered the hamburger steak. I ordered chicken and dumplings. And, Lulu ordered chicken fried chicken. Yummy! However, when the food arrived, the dumplings were not light and airy, but thick and doughy. Ugh!

Tired and ready for home, I decided to choose the best and leave the rest. But the waitress walked over and asked about the dumplings. When I hesitated, she grabbed my plate and said, “I didn’t like the way they looked in the first place. But I was going to let you decide. Then, I was going to say something. But, I couldn’t stand it any longer.”

I immediately liked this woman. She was animated…and loud. A character not easily forgotten.

After bringing another plate to the table, she waited for my response. I told her the second plate was a little better. Then, she announced they had a new cook.

Ah. That explained it, right? 🙂

With my problem somewhat resolvedsalt-791655_1280, I asked Lulu about her chicken.

“I can’t tell if it’s the breading or the gravy. Something isn’t right.”

Wanting to make it right, I reached across the table, speared a piece, and tasted. Hmmm. Easy fix.

“It needs salt.”

Lulu looked skeptical.

I reached for the salt and gave it a few shakes. “Stir and taste.”

She still wasn’t convinced but decided to give it a try, anyway. Afterwards, she grinned and said, “A world of difference.”

“Isn’t it amazing what a little salt can do?”

She nodded, chewing another piece.

As I watched her enjoying the meal, I thought of all the problems in the world. Some are an easy fix. All that is needed is salt. While others are like the thick and doughy dumplings. Only a seasoned expert can create the needed solution.

Jesus said WE are the salt of the earth. Too much salt makes food inedible. Not enough salt makes it tasteless. But the right amount of salt makes food palatable and produces a desire for more.

Our witness can make a world of difference. The rest we leave in God’s capable hands and pray.

How would you describe your witness? Inedible, tasteless, or perfectly seasoned? How would others describe you?